ERIC Number: ED041989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Badge of Poverty: The St. Louis Report.
Block, Carl E.; And Others
This booklet reports a study designed to probe into some of the important human dimensions that characterize poverty. The study was restricted to a specific low-income area in the heart of St. Louis, Mo. Personal household interviews were conducted, covering topics about problems and topics as seen by the respondents. Among the findings were that: (1) the majority of interviewees in the lowest income area (82 percent) were black and over a third were over 50 years of age; (2) ghetto residents are trapped, not mobile; (3) the "establishment" drew a large proportion of the blame for ghetto problems; (4) issues such as discrimination and police action were seldom mentioned; (5) radio and TV ownership was high--ghetto residents made considerable use of these media; (6) print media were used but less extensively than radio and TV; (7) the life-style of the poor is reflected in such things as shopping habits; and, (8) income was related to the respondent's attitudes. Tentative recommendations included the following: the need for increased job opportunities appears to have high priority; relocation and transportation may be of benefit only to a small number; government programs should utilize mass media fully; and, vocational rehabilitation services need to be vastly expanded, with numerous complementary and interlocking programs. (RJ)
Descriptors: Black Community, Economic Factors, Employment Opportunities, Ghettos, Government Role, Inner City, Interviews, Low Income, Mass Media, Mobility, Older Adults, Physical Mobility, Poverty, Racial Discrimination, Urban Environment, Urban Problems, Vocational Rehabilitation
Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst., Missouri Univ., Columbia, Mo. 65201 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia . Regional Rehabilitation Research Inst.
Identifiers: Missouri; Missouri (Saint Louis)